My last post described how to stop the windows update service to get rid of this annoying restart pop up. Well there seems to be another and more elegant solution. I found this solution on codinghorror.com
In short this solution involves changing the group policy (Windows XP). Do like this:
- Start the group policy editor (Start/run/gpedit.msc)
- Navigate to Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/ Windows Components/Windows Update
- Set the “Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations” to a very large number so it doesn’t bother you for a reasonably long time. This makes sense because you might want a first indication that Windows Update isn’t completed.
- Alternatively you can set the “No auto-restart for schedule Automatic Updates installations” to turn it of completely.
Of cause if your pc are in a domain or you are not the administrator of the pc, you system administrator might not allow you to change these setting.